Day 1: 6-year-old girl still missing; search continues

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Day 1: 6-year-old girl still missing; search continues

CREATED Apr 21, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet
Reporter: Tammy Vo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Concern for a missing little girl mounts as authorities continue to try and find her. The search will continue as long as the child remains missing. The FBI and US Marshals are assisting the Tucson Police Department in the search; the Department of Corrections is providing canine search units. Family, friends and co-workers of the little girl are canvassing the outskirts of Tucson with fliers.

It all began early Saturday morning at a home in the 5600 block of East 12th Street, near Broadway Boulevard and Craycroft Road. Tucson police state Isabel Mercedes Celis disappeared from her bedroom, where her family discovered her missing around 8 a.m., and found what they describe as an open, pushed-up window in their daughter's bedroom.
Justin Mastromarino, Isabel's uncle, tells KGUN, "You don't think anything like that will happen to you and you wake up and you're in that scenario. Everything goes through your mind. Anger, confusion. They're very upset right now. Her mother is beside herself. We're just trying let the police do their thing and get as much information as we can."

Family members believe she was kidnapped, although police still consider this a missing child case. If this was a kidnapping, police will not say whether it was random, or if it was targeted. Police do say that the family does not seem to have any domestic conflict issues.

Isabel is described as 44" tall, 44 pounds, with light hazel eyes, light brown hair and is missing her two front teeth.

Anyone with information on Isabel's whereabouts is asked to please call 911 immediately.

(Photo courtesy: Acquaintance of the child's family, TPD and Facebook )